How are the Dutchies doing during Spring Training?

With Sprng Training almost a week old, several players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands have played their Spring Training games. How did they do so far?

In general we can say that the regular roster players aren’t doing so well yet. Some have played more game than others.

Andrelton Simmons appeared in just two games so far. And in those games he did not get a hit yet. In Friday’s game vs the Cubs, which the Angels lost 3-0, he was the DH and went 0 for 3 with three runners left on base. In yesterday’s game, Andrelton played shortstop and did not get a hit either as he went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.

Didi Gregorius also appeared in just two games so far. In the first game of this Spring Training Didi went 0 for 3 with one RBI. On Friday he appeared in his second game and collected his first hit as he went 1 for 2.

Xander Bogaerts also has a slow start. Where he had the best average of the Red Sox last year, he did not collect  hit so far. In the 7-4 loss vs the Twins, Xander went 0 for 3 with two runners left on base. In his second game, a 7-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Xander was hit by a pitch in his first at bat. In his second at bat he grounded out 5-3, going 0 for 1. In that game he also committed a throwing error that allowed Tim Beckham to reach first base safely.

An exception to the rule is Jonathan Schoop. So far he is hitting fairly well for the Orioles. In his first start this spring, he belted a two run homerun in his first at bat, going 1 for 2. He was also part of an around-the-horn double play in that game.
In his second start, a 4-3 loss vs the Blue Jays, Jonathan went 1 for 3. In yesterday’s split squad game, Jonathan also went 1 for 3 bringing his batting average to .375.

Jurickson hugging with Hensley Meulens (photo: courtesy of Phrake Photography)

If you can call the Rangers’ Jurickson Profar a regular, he is an exception too. In his first game of this spring, Jurickson went 1 for 2 with a run scored and a walk. In the game vs the Giants he went 1 for 2 again, with an RBI and a run scored. Furthermore, he was the initiator of a 6-4-3 double play.

Of the regulars, only Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers did not appear in a game yet.

The non roster invitees are doing their best to impress their managers.

Yesterday Shawn Zarraga DH-ed for the Dodgers. In three at bats he collected two singles and scored twice.

Ozhaino Albies is also impressive with his bat.  In his first game with the Braves he did not get a hit in his sole at bat, but since then the hits keep coming. In his second game, he belted a solo homerun in his first at bat. Throughout the game he went 3 for 5 with three RBI, showing his tail lights to Dansby Swanson, his big competitor for the position of shortstop. Swanson went 0 for 5 in that game. Ozhaino was also part of an around-the -horn double play in that game.
In Friday’s game vs the Phillies, a 12-11 loss, Ozhaino went 1 for 2 with an RBI. That RBI came when he drew a bases loaded walk in the ninth inning. Yesterday he had a pinch hit appearance in which he got another hit. It is unlikely that he will make the Opening Day roster of the Braves and we all know that Spring Training numbers do not mean a lot, but the way he is performing now, may make the Braves staff scratch their head what to do with Ozhaino.

Spencer Kieboom is doing okay so far. In the first game of the Nationals’ non roster invitee on Wednesday, he struck out twice in two at bats but in his next game he went 2 for 2 with a run scored. In his third game he entered the game in the top of the sixth and immediately showed off his arm as he threw out Tyler Collins when he attempted to steal second base. At bat, Spencer kept his average at .500 as he went 1 for 2 with a single to left field.

Calten Daal had to get used to the pitching, but eventually he collected some basehits.

Calten Daal (photo: courtesy of Phrake Photography)

In his first appearence for the Reds on Tuesday, he did not get a hit out of two at bats as did he in his second game, but he was part of a 4-6-3 double play in his second game. Daal entered Thursday’s game vs the Indians as a pinch hitter. He went 1 for 2 with an RBI, a strikout and two runners left on base. He also the initiator of a 4-6-3 double play. In yesterday’s game vs the Cubs, Calten went 1 for 2 with a strikeout, raising his batting average to .250.

Juan Carlos Sulbaran had his first appearance with the Cardinals yesterday in a 4-3 win over the Marlins. In a one inning relief outing he got two quick outs but then struggled to get out of the inning. Sulbaran gave up two hits, threw a wild pitch and hit Austin Nola with a pitch to load the bases, but eventually he got out of the inning when Francisco Arcia grounded out to first base.


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